DC agencies team up to tackle rat problem


WASHINGTON, D.C. — The rodent population of national parks in D.C. has become a concern to the city, and today, they announced a plan to combat it.

The National Park Service is teaming up with the D.C. Department of Health to inspect and treat parks throughout the city. In addition, residents can now report rats in any national park by calling 311.

The two agencies aim to increase the frequency with which rats are treated for and develop ways to make parks less habitable for rats.

They also provided recommendations for park visitors to aid in the fight, including:

  • Placing all trash and food waste in trash cans
  • Reporting sightings of rats or possible rat burrows to 311
  • Cleaning up after pets and making sure waste is disposed of in a trash can
  • Keeping your dog on a leash